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The Water Warriors

  • OISE Auditorium 252 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON, M5S 1V6 Canada (map)

Special FREE screening in partnership with OWWA!

Witness the strength and heroism of the people protecting, championing and raising awareness about issues pertaining to water.  We will be awarding our 2019 Water Warrior Awards at this event, so be sure to reserve your seat today!
Partner: OWWA (Ontario Water Works Association) Student Chapter at the University of Toronto.

We will be presenting the annual Water Warrior Award to Grandmother Josephine Mandamin and her Great Niece, Autumn Peltier. Autumn will be joining us to accept the awards and speak.

Water 1  | USA
For the Love of Salmon | CANADA
The Radicals | CANADA
Gracie | USA (Canadian Premiere)

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Emcee: Dr. Stephen Scharper, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Water 1
Morgan Maassen
USA | 2014 | 4.5 min

In his two-part series, filmmaker Morgan Maassen follows surfers as they paddle and glide through the South Pacific Ocean off the coast of the French Polynesian Islands, plunging audiences beneath the rolling waves into a world of mesmerizing colour and movement.  With a score as experimental and incandescent as the visual footage, WATER 1 and WATER 2 are marvels of filmmaking that you won’t want to miss.

For the Love of Salmon
Jan Vozenilek
CANADA | 2018 | 8 min


In this striking short, filmmaker Jan Vozenilek, captures the determination and strength of Keely Weget-Whitney, a 25-year-old from the Stl'atl'imx First Nation (pronounced Stat-lee-um), as she embarks on a challenging 60 km swim in the frigid and racing Fraser River in British Columbia.  Her goal? To bring awareness to declining salmon health and its impacts on her community and the environment. Join Keely on this empowering and representational act for all of our futures.


The Radicals
Tamo Campos & Brian Hockenstein
CANADA | 2018 | 55 min

A group of professional adventurers, lead by filmmaker Tamo Campos, snowboard their way through four Indigenous communities on the West Coast of British Columbia to learn firsthand the importance of becoming radical activists.  The journey is nothing short of exciting and informative, as it balances snow and watersport and protest filmmaking, with heartfelt and factual interviews that highlight issues like damming, mining, and fish farming. The Radicals is an embrace of the extreme for social good, whether through listening, being inspired, or actively resisting.

Gracie White Eagle
USA | 2016 | 5.5 min
Canadian Premiere

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GRACIE is an intimate and inspiring glimpse into the world of the 14-year-old member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Gracie White Eagle, and her personal and familial experience in the youth-powered activist movement against the North Dakota Access Pipeline (NoDAPL). Gracie White Eagle is a truly talented young filmmaker, who champions for sustained youth leadership, through powerful footage of Standing Rock protests and her deep reflections on the importance and gravity of this activism.

Through a visual storytelling workshop, Gracie learned the basics of storytelling and audio/visual production. One year after the Standing Rock protests, she helped create a collaborative short film project eponymously entitled “Gracie,” combining older footage of the protests with her own story. During production, she not only helped set up camera equipment, she framed her narrative and how it would be told. Too young to brave the front lines, Gracie speaks from the periphery about how #NoDAPL affected everyday life in Cannon Ball, North Dakota—the township closest to the main #NoDAPL camps.


A panel discussion will follow the screenings.

Please support Ecologos initiatives by purchasing Water Docs T-Shirts ($25) and Water Bottles ($20) available at all Water Docs Film Festival screenings.

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